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Actually, it’s ‘journalist for two days’. Frank from Frankwatching (one of the leading Dutch marketing blogs, with over 20.000 subscribers alone (RSS, newsletter, Twitter)) has asked me to report about the DNA event in Brussels for his blog.

Couldn’t and didn’t want to say no, so I took a two day leave at work. For quite a few years already, I have been attending conferences like DNA from a visitor’s perspective. But now it’s time to go the journalist way. Again, because in a far away past  – not that far but it surely feels like that- I used to be a journalist, not the project manager I am today. Curious whether I’ll be able to undust my reporting skills fast enough. But I’m also convinced it will work out just fine.

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“If you teach a man to fish, they not only eat for a lifetime, but you’ve just created a market for fishing rods, bait and angling magazines.”

Unfortunately not my words, but those of Paul Bradshaw. He wrote a very interesting article about the German newspaper Bild. Mentioning that Bild has joined up with super market Lidl to sell very cheap, basic cameras. Those cameras should be used by readers of the paper, who – when seeing something news worthy- take a pic and send it to … indeed: Bild. Read the rest of this entry »

A few things:

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On Monday I went to the first Mobile Monday in Brussels. A small and informal event with players from the Belgian mobile phone market. Which is still very far away from the big Mobile Monday events in Amsterdam, but it’s a start. And a good start it was. I had some interesting conversations with people from VRT, IBBT and MobileWeb. But most importantly: I finally got to see (a tip of) what’s going on in the Belgian mobile sphere. Who is doing what? Which companies are asking for which solutions? It’s a great way to bring professionals together I think, so I’m happy to be part of this.
The next Mobile Monday takes place at the 17th of November. The location hasn’t been decided upon yet. The former location, the bar of the Bemanos hotel was impressing at any case.

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Tomorrow, I’m heading to Amsterdam for the PicNic event. Last year I met some great people there that I’m still in touch with, like Kerim Satirli and Paul Bradshaw. Hope it will be as amazing as last year. The people there convinced me to start this blog because they wanted to find out more about my projects, yet I couldn’t send them anywhere on the web to find out. So this blog celebrates its one year anniversary 🙂 .

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On the 8th of October, the developers community I’m working with will officially ‘come out of the box’. At the Hasselt Student Take-Off, they present some applications they made. I’m curious how they will react and how the students will react (to them). Will be a kind of ‘boy meets world’ experience I think.

Funny to suddenly discover a film with myself as the leading actress 😉 At the Picnic event I met Paul Bradshaw from the Online Journalism Blog. He asked me to say in front of his camera that I read his blog. Recently he put the result online. He also caught Luc Van Braekel, one of Belgium’s most famous bloggers and at the third place (!!) in the recently published Metatale Top 100. In other words, Paul caught a big fish 😉 Here the result.

Paul also asked me to write a report on Belgian (Flemish) online journalism to put on his blog. It’s on my to do-list for December. So if you have any advice for me, or think that I shoud really mention this or that initiative, let me know! I want to make a distinction between initiatives of media companies on the one hand and ‘citizen’ initiatives on the other. Which means that I should definitely mention the online platform of the Standaard newpaper that has always been very innovative. And also Gent Blogt, the first and most famous city blog in Belgium. It takes place 4 in the Metatale Top 100, right behind Luc’s blog. Don’t agree with my distinction?Or do you have some advice? Let me know!!

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